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Chavez Jr lackluster in win over Reyes

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Looking to bounce back from his recent destruction at the hands of Andrzej Fonfara, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. earned a unanimous decision over Marcos Reyes in a very underwhelming performance at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

Chavez (49-2-1, 32 KOs), who failed to make weight on Friday, came in with a pretty obvious size advantage, as he looked two weight classes above Reyes, but still had trouble during the course of their 10-round bout.

Reyes was the busier fighter of the two, though Chavez managed to use his vaunted left hook to the body to do damage during the fight.  However, Reyes’ movement and higher workrate gave Chavez problems, as he seemed to lack enough conditioning to sustain a consistent attack.

Chavez continued trying to bully Reyes into the ropes but was also wide open for counter punches when Reyes fired back.

“In the third round I hurt my left hand. I think it’s broken, I don’t know. I’ll see the doctor. With all respect to Reyes, if I hadn’t hurt my hand I would have knocked him out,” said Chavez after the fight.

“I connected on the best punches to the chin and the body. I hurt him, but I couldn’t finish him because I hurt my hand. He threw a lot of punches but missed a lot. He never hurt me. I felt I hurt him every time I landed.”

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Marco Reyes

Reyes had points deducted twice during the fight – once for a low blow, and another for an accidental headbutt that had no business being called.

“I feel I won the fight. I showed him how I box,” Reyes said afterward. “I made the weight at 168 and he didn’t make weight. He’s like a light heavyweight fighting a middleweight.

“I was against all odds – the referee, the weight, everything. I think I won the fight. It’s OK – I did my best.”

Scores were 97-92, 98-91 and 96-93 for Chavez, who said that he planned to campaign at 168 pounds moving forward.

Amir Imam vs Fernando Angulo

In the opening bout of the evening, Amir Imam scored a vicious knockout over Fernando Angulo with a blistering right hand to the ear that sent Angulo face-first to the canvas. Imam, who has himself a Knockout of the Year candidate, improved to 18-0 with 15 KOs.

“I take my hat off. He’s a good opponent,” Imam said. “I just hit him with a big shot on his ear and he was done. These guys get the belts and just hold it. I’m going to get the belt and hold it with pride.”

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